2011 BCS Championship Game: Auburn Field Goal Hands Tigers The Win, 22-19

The foot of Wes Byrum, Auburn's all-time leading scorer, led the Tigers to the 2011 BCS National Championship.

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BCS National Championship Game Final Score: Auburn 22, Oregon 19

With exactly five minutes remaining in the 2011 BCS Championship Game, Auburn and Oregon decide to make things interesting for a listless audience. On a designed Cam Newton rush up the middle, he's hit from behind and has the ball punched away by Casey Matthews. Oregon players scramble to put their bodies atop it, and it's Ducks football at midfield.

Darron Thomas comes out throwing, hitting Jeff Maehl for a ten-yard gain, then D.J. Davis for a 29-yarder and David Paulson for seven more. Third down, Auburn's 2-yard line, and it's Thomas to LaMichael James, just as it should be, for the touchdown pass, and Thomas to Maehl, who makes a splaying leap to bring down the ball for the two-point conversion. Tie game, 19-19, with 2:36 remaining.

It won't be enough. A 15-yard pass from Cam Newton to Emory Blake, a 37-yard bolt by Michael Dyer, another 16-yard Dyer scramble, and some clock-management frittering later, Wes Byrum lines up and nails a 19-yard field goal, straight and true, to hand the Auburn Tigers the win with no time remaining. Final score in Glendale: Auburn 22, Oregon 19.

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Oregon Fakes Punt' Darron Thomas Completes Huge Pass; Ducks' Scoring Drive Falls Short

The Oregon Ducks have responded to Auburn's scoreboard surge with two huge plays, late in the third quarter of the 2011 BCS Championship Game, and they're all going to go for nothing. A 14-yard rush by LaMichael James converts Oregon's first set of downs, and when met with fourth down on the next set, the Ducks line up in punt formation -- and punter Jackson Rice flips the ball to Marvin Johnson, who skitters 11 yards down the field for another conversion.

The next highlight-reel play comes right away, as Darron Thomas flings the ball 43 yards downfield, where it lands on the outstretched fingertips of Lavasier Tuinei, who clearly knows it's coming, but that doesn't make the catch any less spectacular. This puts the Ducks at Auburn's 3-yard line, and from there they'll only get as far as the 1-yard line. The Tigers take over on downs, with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter.

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Auburn Scores On Wes Byrum Field Goal, Leads Oregon 19-11

The second half of the 2011 BCS Championship Game has begun, and right away Auburn's out to bleed the clock. Four straight rushing passes by Cam Newton and Michael Dyer are capped with a monster, 39-yard pass by Newton to tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen on second down. The play moves the Tigers from just past midfield to just inside Oregon's red zone, and the score doesn't take long: Cam Newton throws two incomplete passes, rushes left for five yards, and the drive stalls at the Ducks' 11-yard line. Wes Byrum boots a 28-yard field goal through the uprights, and Auburn's lead extends. With 11:34 remaining in the third quarter, the Tigers lead the Ducks, 19-11. Cam Newton may be nursing some sort of upper-body injury on the sidelines; we'll keep you updated if any more news develops on that front.

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Cam Newton Scores; Auburn Retakes Lead, 16-11

Auburn's seen a two-point swing in their favor thanks to a safety, late in the second half of the 2011 BCS Championship Game, and they're about to be treated to an actual score of their own. Setting up at their own 34-yard line with three minutes and change remaining in the half, Cam Newton hits Onterio McCalebb over the right side of the line for an eight-yard gain. Michael Dyer gets the next two touches, and runs for four and 11 yards to move the Tigers to midfield. Newton hits Emory Blake for a nine-yard gain; Dyer runs left for four more yards, and on 1st-and-10 from the Oregon 30 it's Newton-to-Blake again, with a 30-yard touchdown connection. With 1:54 remaining in the second quarter, Auburn retakes the lead from Oregon, 16-11.

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Auburn 'Scores' As LaMichael James Tackled For A Safety; Oregon Lead Narrows

The 2011 BCS Championship Game is about to witness its longest possession -- by a vast margin -- in tonight's game. Unable to slow down Oregon's offense by any means they currently possess that don't involve Nick Fairley killing a guy (and we're not saying they've ruled that out, if we know Auburn), the Tigers mount a seven-minute, 70-yard drive ... that falls short at Oregon's 1-yard line when a Cam newton pass on 4th-and-1 falls short.

They'll still come away with points, however: LaMichael James is tackled on first down in his own endzone, and though he stretches the ball out to the line, the ruling is a safety and Oregon's lead is cut to two points. With 3:32 remaining in the second quarter, Oregon leads, 11-9.

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Oregon Scores, Adds Two-Point Conversion, Retakes Lead From Auburn

The 2011 BCS Championship Game has, to turn a common phrase, gone ham, very early on in the second quarter, and at the end of the latest burst of action, the Oregon Ducks will hold their second lead of the night, in spectacular fashion.

Oregon sets up pinned deep at their own seven-yard line, but they won't stay there for long: On first down, with 11:55 remaining in the half, Darron Thomas hauls off and launches one way, way downfield, hitting Jeff Maehl in stride for an 81-yard gain. Maehl's pushed out of bounds at the 12-yard line, and the Ducks put it on the ground, handing off to Kenjon Barner for a four-yard run. James will get it through the air for the score, catching an 8-yard touchdown pass from Thomas. It's what happens next that's the story: A two-point conversion attempt with kicker Rob Beard catching a pitch and skating into the endzone practically on his face. With 11:05 remaining in the second quarter, Oregon leads Auburn, 11-7.

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Cam Newton Scores BCS Championship Game's First Touchdown

The second quarter of the 2011 BCS Championship Game has only been on for three minutes, and it's already more action-packed than the entire first period.

Auburn takes over at their own 18-yard line, and young Michael Dyer gets the first touch, running left for five yards. Terrell Zachery catches an eight-yard pass from Cam Newton, and Dyer converts another set of downs with a10-yard run on the third play. It's Zachery again for 13 yards on the next snap, and the Tigers are rolling. Darvin Adams and Onterio McCalebb set up Auburn's scoring position at Oregon's 35-yard line, and on second-and-10, Newton hits erstwhile quarterback Kodi Burns over the middle for a 35-yard touchdown pass. With 12:00 remaining in the second quarter, Auburn leads, 7-3.

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Ducks Score First, Lead 3-0 In 2011 BCS Championship Game

Auburn and Oregon are beginning to settle down a bit on offense in the 2011 BCS Championship Game, with longer possessions winding down the first quarter of play. (Either that or their less-than-vaunted defenses are already winding down. Your call.)

The Tigers' third possession begins promisingly, with Darvin Adams catching a 12-yard pass from Cam Newton on second down, but a sack on Newton three plays later sends out the punt unit. On come the Ducks, and LaMichael James gets the first two carries, but it's Darron Thomas' arm that makes the first conversion, finding Lavasier Tuinei for a 19-yard gain. The first quarter closes on a 12-yard catch by D.J. Davis, but Thomas is hit in the backfield on the first play of the second quarter for a six-yard loss, and on comes the kicking unit. Rob Beard hooks a 26-yarder through the uprights, and an unthinkably scoreless first quarter is in the books. With 14:17 remaining in the second quarter, Oregon leads Auburn, 3-0.

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2011 BCS Championship Game: Cam Newton, Darron Thomas Trade Early Interceptions

You are looking live ... at the 2011 BCS Championship Game. Auburn vs. Oregon is underway in Glendale, and right away we're dealt a sharp reversal in narrative, as the defenses (or more accurately, the playing surface) appear to be effective at stymying offensive firepower on both sides.  Oregon is wearing the same model of cleats that gave TCU so many problems in the Rose Bowl, but both teams appear to have footing issues early on.

The Ducks open with a rare three-and-out, and the Tigers follow suit, thanks to a sack on Cam Newton, who fumbles and makes third-and-17 out of second-and-10. A 21-yard gain by LaMichael James gets Duck fans hollering, but two plays later Darron Thomas is intercepted near midfield. Two plays after that, Cam Newton is intercepted himself. Oregon cracks the red zone just ahead of the five-minute mark, where Zac Etheridge picks off Thomas for the Ducks' second turnover of the period. We're scoreless in the first quarter, with 5:05 remaining.

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